Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wine of the Week - La Croix Montjoie Bourgogne Blanc "l'Elegante"

This week's featured wine comes from one of Shiverick Imports newest producers. La Croix Montjoie lies in the Vézelay region of central Burgundy. Vézelay is most know for the Vézelay Abbey, a Benedictine and Cluniac monastery where the monks there became pioneers in the wine culture of Burgundy. The Bourgogne Blanc "l'Elegante" is made from 100% Chardonnay. The 30 year old vineyard is comprised of clay and limestone soil, contributing to the wine's fresh and harmonious style. The l'Elegante has a delicate nose of hazelnuts and citrus. Well-balanced, round and elegant, with a long finish. This Bourgogne Blanc is an exemplary pairing with cooked shellfish, and with its soft aromas it can be served with steamed or poached fresh-water fish. Its liveliness also makes it ideal for cheese-topped pasta or rice, goat’s cheese and taramasalata (a spread made of carp roe), and even heavier dishes such as fried eggs or omelettes with herbs.  


Domaine la Croix Montjoie was created in 2009 and is named after the crossroads between Vézelay and Tharoiseau. The ten-hectare vineyard is located in Tharoiseau and is planted to Chardonnay. The south-southeast facing slopes and stony clay and limestone soil provides the ideal conditions for grapes to reach their full potential. Cultivation and vinification are managed with great respect for Burgundian traditions. The approach is to strive to respect the environment in order to produce wines of quality and typicity. The domaine is committed to wine growing practices that minimize intervention to allow the terroir to express itself. In the same vein, winemaking is done with the goal of allowing the fruit to assert its natural characteristics and to reflect the soils and climate of Vézelay.

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